Safety advice for Soccer fans - World Cup Brazil 2014
Every visitor of the
World Cup 2014 in Brazilshould examine www.AboutBrasil.com's general safety advice for Brazil and check out the safety monitior of the respective host city he is staying.
In addition, the following
safety adviceand recommendations are specifically for the thousands of soccer fans from all over the world who come to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil for cheering on their team and having a good time. The most important safety tip: do not be afraid, use common sense and enjoy Brazil!
|* Before you book a certain accommodation, try to check the safety of the neighbourhood.
A hotel might come cheap, but can be uncomfortable if it is in a dodgy area.
* Before you leave for Brazil, check with your local doctor if you need certain medication for your trip (e.g. antimalarial medication and hepatitis jabs).
* Leave your valuable jewelery and fancy electronics at the hotel or better: in your country. If you really want to wear a watch, wear a cheap one.
* Especially in the large
cities of Brazil, be careful in traffic and the city buses. Brazilians can drive like crazy so never just cross a road without looking.
* Do not buy tickets for World Cup matches on the black market; they might be false.
* Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, above all in crowded places such as street parties and the subway. The area around the World Cup soccer stadiums before and after matches will be particularly a pickpockets haven.
* Racist behaviour in or outside the stadium is not tolerated and police and authorities will take actions.
* FIFA and the organization of the World Cup are heavily criticized in Brazil and it is very likely that mass demonstrations will be organized in the major cities of Brazil. Do not be tempted to join or even watch them: the police and military police can be very hard-handed and will restore order haphazardly.
* Do not use and buy any drugs. Even if you smell pot in the streets, drugs of any kind are illegal and the
police in Brazilwill take actions.
* The police will also have a 'zero tolerance' policy for public urination, boondocking (free camping), drink driving (driving under the influence) and prostitution with minors (if you are an eye-witness of the latter, inform the local police and diplomatic representation of your country in Brazil).
* Furthermore, do not nag or poke fun at the police: in Brazil their resilience and sense of humour is a lot lower than you might be used to in your own country.
* Contribution to and collaboration on corruption and bribery of public officials, including police officers, is prohibited in Brazil. Also never pay fines on the spot in cash.
|* Many embassies and consulates mobilize extra consulair personnel in the World Cup host cities.
Check the address and phone number of the nearest representation in Brazil, just in case.
Note that you have to follow the law of Brazil; foreign diplomats cannot get you out of trouble, they will only advise you what to do legally. Financial support will also not be provided.
* Keep alcohol consumption under control in order to not become an easy target for robbery. Keep in mind alcohol hits harder in hot weather.
* Do not take valuables to the beach and steer clear of all beaches at night (or run the risk getting robbed). Consider also the strong currents of the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro and the sharks at Boa Viagem beach in Recife.
* In case you do get robbed, do not resist or poke fun at the thief.
* Do not get involved in arguments and fights in the streets. In Brazil things can turn very grim in an instant.
Furthermore, police does not always respond adequately or chooses the side of the one who is right.
* In case the national soccer team of Brazil loses, be aloof about showing possible malicious delight. In Brazil you never know who you are provoking.
* During the
World Cup soccer in Brazilthere will be lots of street parties. You should definitely join in, however always keep your wits about you. If a beautiful woman suddenly starts to dance intimately with you, there is a chance that she is after something else than a nice evening...
* Unprotected sex is strongly discouraged. Brazil has one of the highest infection rates of HIV/ AIDS in the world.